Destination guide

Living la dolce vita in Italy

Long considered one of Europe's most glamorous vacation destinations, Italy's cultural and artistic heritage have lent it an air of elegance and sophistication that's hard to resist. The architectural triumphs of Rome, Florence, and Verona pay tribute to the country's pioneering role in the Renaissance era, while the fashion capital of Milan adds sleek lines and glimmering modernity to the must-see list. And it’s not just built heritage that brings visitors to Italy—vacation rentals are in high demand in the fall months, when the stunning Tuscan foliage starts to turn, and during the sun-soaked summers in seaside Genoa and Syracuse.

Things to do

Touring the past in Italy

While it's tempting to head for the iconic sights of Italy's capital, there's more to the country's heritage highlights than Rome. Vacation rentals in northern Italy highlight enviable landmarks such as the Venice canals and, most impressively, the Verona Arena. This Roman amphitheater, built in the 1st century CE, is located in the bustling market square of Piazza Bra and is best known for its opera performances. Guests can enter through one of the 70 or so arches, and enjoy some of the world's finest musicians within the resplendent surroundings of this architectural triumph.


Italy's got activities galore

When it comes to outdoor adventures in Italy, vacation rentals place the action right on your doorstep. You can opt for well-appointed homes in one of the many villages surrounding Lake Garda and spend your days sailing the crystal-clear waters and swimming at idyllic beaches, or choose chic chalets near Trento for some thrilling winter-sports outings on the popular nearby slopes. The Gran Paradiso National Park boasts a number of hiking, cycling, and jogging trails that showcase the natural beauty of the Aosta Valley and Piedmont region’s deciduous woodland environment.


Italy gets set to sizzle

A benevolent year-round climate makes exploring Italy's cultural offerings a breeze, thanks to long, sunny summers and mild, cool winters. Temperatures are higher in the south, so sun-worshipers should look to Sicily and Naples for their beach getaways, while the more moderate averages of the north are a comfortable alternative for sightseers. Summer averages still peak in the mid to high 70s, so you won't have to worry about wrapping up warm. You can also make take advantage of temperate winters in Italy—vacation rentals in the Veneto region place you a stone's throw from the region's famous Christmas markets.

Natural features

The wildlife of Italy

Nature lovers need look no further than Italian vacation rentals in Sicily for their next getaway. The island is home to an enviable array of nature reserves and conservation centers, including the Madonie Regional Natural Park. Here, bird-watchers will have the chance to spot over 200 native and migratory specimens, while the diversity of mammals—deer, boar, wildcats, and more—will thrill and delight kids and parents alike. The nearly extinct Nebrodi fir tree, along with beech forests and more than 70 species of orchid, are among the park's floral offerings.

Where to stay around Italy?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 164,794 vacation rentals near Italy. From 40,501 Houses to 24,465 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Italy for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Italy?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Italy. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Rome: 9,763 vacation rentals
  • Florence: 5,755 vacation rentals
  • Tuscany: 34,266 vacation rentals
  • Venice: 3,840 vacation rentals
  • Positano: 431 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Italy! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Italy?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Italy:

  • Rome: 9,763 rentals
  • Florence: 5,755 rentals
  • Venice: 3,840 rentals
  • Positano: 431 rentals
  • Milan: 2,545 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Italy?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Italy are:

  • Sorrento (RRO-Sorrento Heliport): 6,536 vacation rentals
  • Lucca (LCV): 6,118 vacation rentals
  • Firenze Airport (FLR): 8,146 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Italy?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Italy. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Lake Braies: 504 rentals
  • Pantheon: 4,064 rentals
  • Colosseum: 9,373 rentals
  • Campo de' Fiori: 9,380 rentals
  • Spanish Steps: 9,383 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Italy listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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